Winterbraun | Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

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Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
California, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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5/5  rDev +34%

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5/5  rDev +34%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of Garret593
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StevieW
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with a cartoonish snowboarder. Pours a shiny deep black, not brown. Head is a creamy full rich khaki beauty. Roasted barley aromas. Slight chocolate and coffee bitterness. Taste is perfectly smooth, lots of full rich chocolate flavors up front. Hints of roasted espresso bitterness, very rich and full flavored. Cinnamon and nutmeg dance around, but not as pronounced as an Anchor OSA, but well on the way to it.Mellow smooth chocolate malt washes over and lingers during the aftertaste. Pushes the limits of a brown ale, borders on an American Porter along the lines of Anchor, and reminds me alot of Anchor OSA. A real treat to find in Ft. Pierce. The BelgianBum and I relieved the store of their current inventory. I might even send one to a friend in New England or I might just drink them all.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with ruby red edges and a full brown head, decent carbonation, and tattered rings and sheets of lace. Sweetish malt aroma with hints of licorice and a bit hoppy (esp. when fresh). A touch of roastiness on the nose. Malty sweet flavor with a nice balanced hop finish and roastiness. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Enjoyed fresh and aged .. would seek out to try again...

Label states: "Rich and robust Brown Ale created from Roasted Chocolate and Caramel malts"

Bottled: 10/2000
Tasted: 08/29/03

(22 oz. bottle)

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is very good, rather like a slightly more potent, fruity version of their Downtown Braun, which I really like.

Deep red-brown, it has a medium, pale tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring with some nice lace.

The aroma is very fruity, in a caramelised, faintly tangy sweet-sour way similar to English beers. It has a noticeable light yeastiness plus dark toast, raisins, a hint of chocolate, and a hint of whole-wheat bread.

The taste is similar, rich toast, caramel, sweet-sour dried fruit with a tang, some earthy leaves, hint of chocolate, bread, and prunes. It's very nice, well-balanced if slightly on the sweet side, and very drinkable.

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4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update 1/20/06-

Notes are dead on...awesome chocolate flavor and notch brown ale.

pours a rich mahogany....enticing nose of sweet chocolate....pretty full-bodied and substantial for a brown ale...excellent flavor...huge chocolate notes held in check by a subtle spicy hop finish...also hints of cedar/woodiness...

This is a great brown ale..very tasty and easy drinking despite the fullness of it....quality beer here...

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4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lard_City
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep Amber/caramel color. Decent malty nose. Hoppy yet malty and sweet, almost like a lighter imperial stout. Nice bitterness at the end. Very tasty.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really dark brown with an nice 1/2" head that melted slowly to very faint lacing.
Aroma was toasted malts and coffee....maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste of sweet toasted malt and chocolate, only slightly citrus hops, finishing to an espresso coffee aftertaste.
Nice mouthfeel of full carbonation.
Slow alcohol burn as you enjoy the last swallow.
I could drink a couple or three of these, but no more. The alcohol I can definately feel and they are very filling

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at gobbels in Wichita, review based on notes

Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & above lacing

S: Toasted malt, brown sugar & cocoa

T: Toasty malt, dryness & nice chocolate up front. Leafy hops, cocoa & roasted malt as this warms. Finished dry with nice toastyness

MF: Fairly rich, moderate carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, I like this big brother of downtown brown, quite a bit. This would be a staple if regularly available

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this seemed like an english brown with something extra. maybe i'm too caught up in the winter beers at present, but there seemed to be more in this beer than just brown ale, and i liked it!
pours up a dark, hazy amber color, thick head of tan creamy foam, lots of lace.
strong, sweet malt smell before i even bring the glass up to my nose.
sugary malty goodness in the flavor, just a touch of hop in the back of the mouth, and even that is of the floral sweet variety. tons of spicy sweet malt. maybe that's the winter aspect.
medium, creamy, tasty. give me another (6-pack).
a damn good beer from lost coast.


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4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jminsc76
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Selma's in RSM.

Pours a light brown-meets-gray head atop a dark, murky brown body.

Aromas of nutty/roasty malts, baked cookies/sweetbread, brown sugar, and something spicy this way comes. Medium-intensity, requiring a strong *whiff* here-and-there to derive the overall bouquet.

Flavors remind me of Downtown Brown but with significant spices. Also some peppermint and stuffing (yes I said stuffing, albeit the kind that includes apples and raisins).

Mouthfeel is silky, ebullient, and medium-bodied.

Overall, a delicious English Brown that could pass for a Winter Warmer if the nutty and roasty characteristics were a bit less prevalent. Either way, without restraint I could drink at least three of these in one sitting.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Pours a finger of head and leaves a ring of foam around the edge of the beer. Also leaves some foamy bubbles on the glass. The color is a hazy, opaque brown. I'm talking "Brown Soes Don't Make It" brown with some garnet highlights. Only some sparse lacing is visisble when held to the light.

Smell- The sweetest smelling EBA I've ever had thats for sure. But that doesn;t mean the subtle English hops go unnoticed. A very well balanced mix of sweet bread (not cow intestines) and complex hopping.

Taste- Starts out as a mix of Polish rye bread and a barley wine like sweetness. Roasted malts then do a well balanced waltz across my taste buds to a slightly milk chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth ale with more sweetness than expected. Sweet and roasted malts mixed well with the English style hop flavors. Making for a very well balanced EBA.

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywood. The beige head is large and keeps itself well for the duration.
Odors of powdery cocoa and Big Sur hops.
Begins much more fully roasted that I expected. Coupled beautifully with French Vanilla. Traces of molasses twang. Roastedness fades as a caramel base is exposed. Hopping materializes. Bitter and mostly floral. It doesn't feature the sharp citrus tones or resiny pine (though they are present). Lightly sprucey and woody (perhaps from the PacNW and Saaz cross). The hop character is well developed, and well-bittered, without going overboard.
Medium bodied. Fizzy upfront, but grows into its shoes as it sits, and gains heft in the process.
This is the Shakespeare Stout of Brown Ales.

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Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 446 ratings